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About Vanderwell

About Us

Vanderwell has operated in northern Alberta for more than 75 years manufacturing forest products for both domestic and international markets. We are a family-owned company that has established a strong reputation in the forest industry of delivering high-quality products and making a real difference in the communities where we work and live.

Why Join Vanderwell

Vanderwell offers stable, long-term employment along with extended health and dental benefits, and matching employee RRSP contributions. Bi-weekly physiotherapy services are available to employees on site, and free, confidential counselling services are available through our local Chaplain.


Most of the people who work at Vanderwell are in production and manufacturing positions. As a major employer in the local region, we directly employ more than 170 people throughout our facilities: sawmill, planer mill, pellet mill, truck, maintenance, and machine shops, mobile equipment shop, log and lumber yard operations, dry kilns, woodlands, and sales & administration.

Trades People and Professionals

The people who work at Vanderwell bring a variety of skills and abilities. One of those areas is the different trades that we require to carry out the many aspects of our business safely and effectively. As well, Vanderwell employs and provides support to people in apprenticeship positions.

A Diverse and Inclusive Workplace

We fully support a diverse and inclusive workplace. It is the right thing to do, and it also creates a better and stronger business.

Our Principles

Our History

Vanderwell is one of Alberta’s founding lumber companies, first established in 1943. We started as a small seasonal logging and sawmill operation based in the Keephills area, south of Wabamun Lake. Since then, we have grown and moved locations until 1978, when our entire operation settled into the Slave Lake area where we continue today.

At Vanderwell, Safety Leads

We are committed to the health and safety of all employees, contractors, and visitors. We do this through a safety program that fully embraces a healthy, safe, and injury-free workplace. Our Response to Covid-19: Until there is no longer the possibility of transmitting Covid in the workplace, everyone must wear non-medical masks while working or visiting at Vanderwell and complete daily health checks. Additional requirements are staying home when sick, social distancing, regular cleaning and disinfection, following proper respiratory etiquette, and regularly washing and sanitizing hands.


Sustainable forest management is a top priority in everything we do. All timber land Vanderwell manages is harvested in a sustainable, responsible way that balances ecological, economic, and social needs and does not adversely affect other ecosystems. Our primary focus is always to ensure the forest remains healthy and is there for future generations.

Giving Back

We have always believed in supporting our communities. We are proud to support and be part of the Slave Lake Friendship Centre’s Holiday Hamper and Santa’s Anonymous. We have donated lumber to the Slave Lake Fire Department for some building projects. Vanderwell has supplied, and continues to supply, the lumber for the industrial education classes at Roland Michener Secondary School in Slave Lake as well as many other schools in our community.

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Company Details


44061 West Mitsue Industrial Road, Slave Lake, AB


51 to 200


Wood & Paper Manufacturing